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State Council Notice: Chinese New Year Holiday Extended To February 2

Jan 27, 2020

I. Extend the Spring Festival holiday of 2020 to February 2 (the ninth day of the first lunar month and Sunday), and work normally from February 3 (Monday).


Second, the tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools, kindergartens postponed the start of school, the specific time will be notified separately by the education department.


3. Employees who cannot take vacation due to epidemic prevention and control shall arrange compensatory leave in accordance with the Labor Law of the People's Republic of China. Wages and salaries for unleaved leave shall be guaranteed in accordance with relevant policies.


Response to the epidemic will appropriately extend the Spring Festival holiday and adjust the school start time


The tide of rework is approaching during the Spring Festival. How to prevent and control the pneumonia outbreak of new coronavirus infection? Yesterday (26th), the Central Leading Group of the Central People's Government to Deal with the Epidemic Situation of New Coronavirus Infection held a meeting to further deploy the epidemic prevention and control work.


Regarding the issue of whether the Spring Festival holiday that was hotly discussed on the Internet was extended, the meeting made clear: make early arrangements for epidemic prevention and control after the Spring Festival holiday, extend the Spring Festival holiday appropriately, and adjust the school opening time.


Some experts have previously suggested that the Spring Festival holiday be extended. On the afternoon of January 26, the State Council Office held a press conference to introduce the situation of joint prevention and control of pneumonia epidemic of new coronavirus infection. Gao Fu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention also said in an interview with reporters after the meeting: Encouraging a suitable extension of the Spring Festival holiday is currently being proposed, but it must be determined by developments.


Experts believe that the week of the Spring Festival is the best window period for "great isolation and disinfection" to play its role, and it is also a key period for the epidemic to be suppressed outside Wuhan.


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